If you're looking for a way to start your Fourth of July celebration early, the Martinsville Speedway is one of many.
At 3 p.m. Thursday, the carnival rides, food and games start for the whole family.
Starting at 4 p.m., Superhold, a 1980s cover band, takes the stage. Domino, a horn band from Roanoke, will play at 6 p.m. The headlining act, The Cadillac Three, will play at 8 p.m.
A fireworks show will kick off around 10 p.m.
Admission is free, but people are encouraged to bring a nonperishable item or cash to support United Way's food drive, Fuel For Families.
“We know there are so many local families that struggle to put food on the table … something that most of us take for granted,” said Clay Campbell, Martinsville Speedway president. “I figured there were a few people out there that would probably want to dunk me and a lot of folks that would want to help the cause.”
Campbell will be in a dunk tank near the carnival rides from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. The cost for three throws for $5. All proceeds will go toward purchasing canned goods for the food drive.